Riding on the same platform as the Fiat 500X, the 2017 Jeep Renegade shares little else with its Italian stablemate. With ample ground clearance, an advanced 4-wheel-drive system (4WD) and big dose of Jeep styling, the Renegade is all Jeep, larger inside than the Mazda CX-3 and more off-road capable than the Honda HR-V. A choice of turbocharged or normally aspirated engines gives the Renegade an advantage over other small-crossover SUVs, and nobody makes anything comparable to the trail-rated Trailhawk. The Renegade’s most appealing quality, however, is the enormous number of trims, features and variations, allowing customers to create a personalized Renegade that best suits their needs. Even the manual models can be fitted with options such as a heated steering wheel and navigation.
The 2015 Jeep Renegade is a brand-new SUV. Designed in America and built in Italy alongside its also-new
Fiat 500X cousin, the Renegade is ready to widen the Jeep brand's appeal to a variety of buyers in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Cons: "windshield is a pebble magnet and $1,000 to replac"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this car in September of 2015. I now have 40,320 miles on it. The only issue I have had is the rear window washer quit working. when the dealership did the updates on it the problem went away. Then one time my wife drove it in the summer and the AC would not turn on. I reinstalled the fuse and the problem went away. I believe the wife was pushing buttons too much. Other then that the car has handled everything I put it through. I have put myself in a bad situation in the snow and thought I was walking out of the woods but the car got me out. I have drove down a trail that was full of boulders wondering if was going to make it out. The wife got out of the car because she was scared but the jeep pulled it off. My wife says I have put this car through ringer, I have and its been fun. The Goodyear tires wore out at 38,000 miles. The windshield is a pebble magnet and cracks easy and is $1000 to replace. Averaging 24.7 mpg mixed driving"
Pros: "Great driving experience, lots of power/control"
Cons: "Would like a smoother transmission"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I am really in love with this car. I've been to a dozen state parks, a couple national parks, off road, city and highway. Average 20 MPG so far. Seems like I learn more about it every time I drive it, and it's all pleasant surprises. Only a couple minor observations so far: once the parking brake light stayed on though it was disabled. After the car was off overnight, it went away. The door compartment could be bigger to hold maps and stuff. The owners manual could be way more detailed. I am used to VWs and the transmission from one gear to the next isn't super smooth. But, this is in every way the car of my dreams and fits my current lifestyle perfectly. Plus, I rarely see others, and I like driving a unique looking car -- it gets lots of comments. I went with "sand" color, which is a weird city color, but looks amazing out in nature (where it belongs). If you're considering an SUV, if you like dirt roads (or no roads) and exploring, this is the car. However, if you have a lot of gear, kids, pets, etc., it can be a tight fit. The trunk is pretty small, but with seats down, it holds a lot of stuff."
Cons: "Last of program buttons for garage and storage spa"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought a 2016 Renegade Trailhawk 4x4. I'm very impressed with the gas mileage. I see others complaining, but I don't understand why? I'm getting a little over 32 mpg! I traded in a 2012 Nissan Rouge and the best I could get in that car was 27-28 mpg. I love everything about it. You feel like you are in a very sound safe vehicle. No engine noise (which was one thing I hated about my Nissan), the ride is smooth and very enjoyable. I have not had any issues with acceleration hesitation issue that so many others mention in their reviews. What I have to say about that is to go drive a Nissan with a CVT transmission and then come back and we can discuss acceleration hesitation. So to me I don't notice anything at all! Also, my apple phone links to the Uconnect with no issues. Reads my text and so on. Maybe an update has fixed that recently?
I only have a few things that I would like that aren't offered on the Renegade.
1. Place to store sunglasses. Most cars have a compartment to keep them these days.
2. A few programmable buttons for Garage Doors and/or Gates.
3. A bigger gas tank.
These three things would be nice and hopefully Jeep will rectify this in the future, but in all honesty these three things aren't that major. I find this Jeep to be so much fun and I look forward to driving every chance I get. Especially on nice days and I can pop out the "My Sky" panels! I'm loving it and having the time of my life!"